In the Spring, 2012, a friend and I travelled to southern Utah and northern Arizona for a week of photography. We visited Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona one day. We were in Upper Antelope Canyon — there is also a Lower Canyon which we did not visit.
My photo gallery is right here.
As these are on Navajo land and the terrain is pretty inhospitable, you need to hire a guide for your travels to the Upper Canyon — you travel a couple miles through a very sandy bed where it was apparent that even experienced drivers with substantial four wheel drive vehicles could get stuck. We had about 90 minutes inside this narrow slot canyon — along with a host of other travellers and their guides.
There have been some rather famous pictures taken in these slot canyons — mine are really a weak expression of what is there. But, it is an amazing spot.
The guide on our tour told us of the need to adjust the white balance when we took our pictures off the camera. When you are low down in a slot canyon, the light that reaches you has bounced off canyon walls many times and the whole character of the light has changed from anything your camera sensor is used to seeing. In many cases, the colour was very muted if I didn’t adjust the white balance — the camera was seeing all this light that had been influenced by the coloured walls and was trying to make it white.
Enjoy the photo gallery right here.